William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

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From digital to traditional media, Cal Lutheran presents a compilation of student work from the Art Department's graduating class of 2018.… Read More

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Siona Benjamin: Blue like Me

Indian-born, New York-based artist Siona Benjamin creates a unique visual language that presents her transcultural, transnational view of the world.… Read More

Biomythography Currency Exchange

Biomythography: Currency Exchange

The Currency Series investigates multiple forms of currency, in particular, cultural currency and the ways in which they are encoded and decoded in our contemporary culture, juxtaposing works by artists from Los… Read More


Past Exhibits

The Tract Project
On view September 7 – November 9, 2017 Closing reception Saturday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. The invention of the printing press and moveable type completely revolutionized information dissemination in the 16th century, and allowed Martin Luther’s ideas to be widely communicated through printed propaganda. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the William Rolland Gallery is pleased to present Lisa Anne Auerbach’s The Tract House, an exhibit that celebrates the life and power of paper pamphlets, leaflets, and tracts. The Tract House was founded in 2008 as a spread-the-word project inspired by the distribution model and graphic quality of religious tracts, and first displayed at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. The Tract House: A Darwin Addition was commissioned by the American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum as part of the city-wide graphic arts festival Philagrafika in 2010. As described by designer Roman Jaster, “the tracts were written by friends, neighbors, acquaintances, visitors to [the] website, and friends of friends. While most popular tracts are religious, The Tract House tracts can be nearly anything–manifestos, diatribes, stories, rants, poems, or lyrics… It is hoped that the tracts will educate, activate, infuriate, obfuscate, titillate, inspire, upset, and irritate.” Visitors are welcome to peruse and take ...

Art in a Time of Reformation: Works from the Rodolfo Sanzana Collection
On view September 7 – November 9, 2017 Closing reception Saturday, November 4, 6-8 p.m. To coincide with the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the William Rolland Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition from the collection of Chilean-born art collector Rodolfo Sanzana based on the Reformation. Consisting of paintings, sculpture, and material culture, the works tell a story of life and art during the period before, during, and after Martin Luther nailed his famed 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517. Predominantly dating from mid-16th century, visitors can expect to see works produced by the artists or followers of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Rogier van der Weyden, Christoff Jacobsz van der Lamen, Hendrick van Cleve III, Marinus van Reymerswaele, Abraham Bloemaert, Sebastiano Ricci, Sebastian Vrancx, Mattäus Merian der Ältere, Johann Baptist Homann, and more. Additional events on campus that relate to 500 Years of Reformation can be found here. Many thanks to Dr. Christine Sellin, Cal Lutheran Professor of Art, for her help in planning and execution of this exhibition. Image: Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder (German, 1472-1553), Katharina von Bora (Wife of Martin Luther), oil on panel, ca. 1505-1515, 10 x 13 inches. ...

Decorative Art: Works from the William Rolland Collection
On view June 3–August 3, 2017 Please note summer hours: The Rolland Gallery will be open Thursday–Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm, for the duration of the summer. It will be closed to the public Saturday, July 15. The 19th century gave rise to an increased appreciation and accessibility of decorative arts for American and European consumers. With mass-production of decorative accessories in bronze and other media, aesthetic objects were priced within reach of many more households than could afford fine art, giving homes an air of prestige without the price. Possessing art objects elevated the status of the household, making it an enjoyable setting while simultaneously signaling the availability of disposable income. Decorative arts may be works that serve a function rather than being strictly aesthetic–such as a lamp or paperweight, as is the case for several items in this collection. Items displayed on floors, mantels, and desks often portrayed themes that included mythology, colonialism, partially clad women, or small reproductions of famous art, all of which additionally purported a message of power and/or prowess of the owner of such objects, with their perception as a status symbol. This exhibition features 19th­- and 20th- century sculptural ...

Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality
A mini exhibition curated by students, Plastic Oceans: A Sad Reality will be on display in the William Rolland Gallery alcove.

Shenanigans: Senior Art Exhibit 2017
This eclectic group of seniors at California Lutheran University has curated an exhibition that challenges the mind, reflects reality, and inspires imagination.

Christof Mascher: five leaves left
On view February 3-April 6, 2017 The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art is proud to present an exhibition of twelve recent watercolor works on paper by Christof Mascher in the gallery alcove. Saturated in brilliant colors and vivid scenes, these small “gem” works are imaginative and thrilling. Many of these works have traveled through London, Cologne, and Chicago before coming to Ventura County. Christof Mascher (b. 1979, Hannover) lives and works in Braunschweig, Germany. He studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HBK), Braunschweig, under Professor Walter Dahn, and has been the subject of multiple solo gallery exhibitions in Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam, Zurich, Rotterdam, Cologne and London, and monographic museum exhibitions at the Mönchehaus Museum, Goslar, Germany (2008) and Kunsthalle Emden, Germany (2011). He is represented by Josh Lilley, London, Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Galerie Philipp von Rosen, Cologne, and Hopstreet, Brussels. Words from the artist: “I remember the moment I discovered working on paper. I had been always drawing on board or canvas; I didn’t like it when the paper became rippled after watering it. It would have been a basic lesson to learn those things in art school but those days, with the 1990s still present, were about installation, ...

Et in Arcadia Ego
On view February 3-April 6, 2017 Opening Reception Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 | 6-8 p.m. Inspired by the 17th century Nicolas Poussin painting of the same name, Et in Arcadia Ego is translated to mean: “Even in Arcadia, there am I,” alluding to the inevitable impermanence of the ideal. The exhibition will explore the timeless myth of Arcadia as it has been represented by artists and writers, employing concepts such as: the sublime, the paradox of living, beauty and longing, paradise lost, and the golden hour. Et in Arcadia Ego explores these themes as they are reinterpreted and reinvented through the eyes of contemporary artists. Artists featured in the exhibition work consistently with these Arcadian themes in figurative and landscape painting, exploring what it means to be human in the temporal world while standing on the precipice to the next. Artists include: Agostino Arrivabene, Sandow Birk, Seamus Conley, Julie Heffernan, Kim Keever, Maria Kreyn, Brad Kunkle, Holly Lane, David Ligare, David Molesky, Odd Nerdrum, Gillian Pederson-Krag, Stephanie Peek, Nicolas Poussin, Astrid Preston, Aron Wiesenfeld, Robin F. Williams, and Jason Yarmosky. This exhibition was curated by David Molesky, Lisa Coscino, and Marianne McGrath and organized in conjunction with the New Museum ...

The Apathy Effect Exhibit: Igniting Empathy to End Exploitation
On view January 27, 28 and 30, 2017, with special gallery hours: 1/27, Friday: 10 am-7 pm 1/28, Saturday: 8 am-3 pm 1/30, Monday: 10 am-7 pm The Apathy Effect Exhibit immerses you in stories of resilient young survivors of human tracking from around the world. Experience the response of everyday people who were ignited with empathy when confronted by exploitation and the apathy that fuels it. The exhibit and empowerment program is geared to ignite empathy and educate and empower participants with a response to issues of exploitation. The multimedia journey is told through original film, photography, and artifacts with self-guided or interactive tours adding to the experience. In contrast to the sobering reality of human trafficking, many images inspire hope. Visitors learn about exploitation and how to help combat it. This exhibit is free and open to the public, but guided tours require a timed-ticket. Tickets are free of charge and can be scheduled here: http://donate.iempathize.org/lutheran. This exhibit was produced by iEmpathize, and made possible the Rotary District 5240 2017 STEPS Conference (Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably) and Cal Lutheran’s Sarah W. Heath Center for Equality and Justice. More information about the exhibit can be found on the iEmpathize website: http://iempathize.org/experience/apathyeffect/ View ...

In the Company of Animals: 19th-century British Country Life
On view: November 10, 2016–January 19, 2017 Featuring works from the William Rolland Collection, this exhibit brings together British artists working in the mid-to-late-19th century on landscapes and scenes that highlight the period’s dependence on animals–for labor, comfort, food, and friendship. Featuring works in watercolor and oil, artists represented include Robert Cleminson (1844-1903), Albert Milton Drinkwater (1862–1917), Nathaniel Neal Solly (1811-1895), and Thomas Noel Smith (1840-1900). Image: Thomas Noel Smith (British, 1840-1900), Alham, Somerset, watercolor on paper, 14 x 21 inches. Courtesy of the William Rolland Collection.

The Nature of Jungles
On view November 10, 2016–January 19, 2017 Opening Reception Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 | 6 p.m. Artists such as Rousseau and Gauguin brought to life images of enticing beaches and lush jungles, the likes of which had never been seen by most European viewers. The subject was popularized, and remains today a symbol of the exotic and untouched by man. With mounting explorations and diminishing land through agriculture, a question is begged of how much longer the jungle can exist as the uncharted, the romantic. This exhibit compares contemporary perspectives on jungles and forests from around the world and the exoticism and mysticism related to densely populated areas–from the traditional flora and fauna in humid climates to concrete jungles in equivalent urban environments. Artists featured include Linda Chapman, Woojin Choi, Skylar Hughes, Ryuma Imai, Zachari Logan, Hiroshi Mori, Aaron Morse, Astrid Preston, and Elizabeth Wrightman. A special thanks to our loan partners ACME. Los Angeles, Craig Krull Gallery, Gallery CLU, Gallery Fukuda, Niigata, Japan, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, Shima Entertainment & Art (S.E.A.), and Western Project. This exhibit was made possible by the generous contributions of the Dibble Revocable Living Trust. Image: Aaron Morse, Island X (#2, Homage to Rousseau), acrylic and ...

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